Recently we had the misfortune of having our home burglarized. It was a very unsettling experience. My son discovered the break-in when he returned home from school. He called me immediately to let me know and coincidentally I was on my way home at the time. When I got home I found my son to be visibly shaken and upset by this intrusion as was I.
Something we learned during this event was that material things can be easily replaced. However, the items of sentimental value that were stolen, such as jewelry that was passed on by our parents and grandparents, mementos of our children from first time events in their lives can never be replaced. This is the real loss in a situation such as this.
I decided to share a few tips with you to help in securing your home.
- Don’t leave items of value such as bicycles in the yard in plain view or easily accessible.
- When purchasing new electronics or appliances don’t leave the empty boxes in plain view. Thieves will know there are brand new items in the home.
- Have lights on timers and leave your radio or television on so it appears someone may be home.
- Secure sliding doors and windows with wooden dowels or a metal rod to prevent the window from opening even if the lock has been breached.
- Never leave a spare key under a mat or flower pot.
- If you are away for an extended period of time cancel newspaper delivery and have the post office hold your mail.
- Get to know your neighbours. Close knit neighbourhoods tend to have fewer breakins.
- Don’t share travel plans on the internet (facebook)
- Always remember to make sure all windows and doors are properly secured. They say over 40% of break-ins happen without the use of force.
- Ask your Coldwell Banker Pinnacle real estate professional for home safety information.
- Refer to your local police services for additional information for making your home burglar proof.
I hope these tips are helpful, because everyone, whether they realize it or not, has PRICELESS possessions.